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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

DINING ROOM CONTRASTS [by John Stefanidis]

Patmos, Greece: Silver candlesticks stand on a simple trestle table covered by a linen cloth with sharp folds reminiscent of medieval paintings [Rooms 1988].  

London, England: Rich silk beige and brown striped curtains, upholstered chairs around an oval terracotta-red  lacquer table.  The walls are stencilled [a design taken from a Japanese kimono] and avoid the geometric look of a wallpaper repeat [Rooms 1988].  
Herefordshire, England: The blue, yellow and black rug was made for the room to a design inspired by Emilio Terry.  The parcel-gilt chairs, also made for the room, are covered in a wide satin stripe in Saxon blue.  The intense blue silk curtains hang on poles with neo-classical finials. Beneath them are folding Roman blinds of yellow and blue horsehair. The cornflower blue walls are stippled and below the dado rail are marbled pale blue panels framed in cobalt. 

London, England: The painting is by Cy Twombly. The round table, painted to look like parchment, sits on a pink Spanish rug with an Arabic inscription. In the centre of the table is an Indonesian bowl, the boxes are Indian and the plates Wedgewood. [ Rooms 1988].
Tuscany, Italy: A former cowshed transformed.  The floor is covered with large traditional Tuscan fired tiles.  The rough plaster walls are lime-washed white. The glass storm lanterns protect the candles from breezes that waft through the terrace door

1 comment:

  1. Dear John,
    The first picture of the dining room from your book 'Rooms', I know it so well!! I always loved it! To die for!